Meditation is a practice that has a long history dating back to Hindu traditions of Ancient India. There was always something a bit mystical or mysterious about meditation, but as science has shown in recent years, it is not as “out there” as many think. This article goes into the benefits of meditation and the different methods of meditation that students can use in order to excel in school, perform at a high level in sports and extracurricular activities, and have more emotional control over oneself. Meditation helps children learn and makes life easier for teachers. Increasing evidence shows that meditation could play a major role in improving the educational environment in this country.
Benefits of Meditation for Teachers : –
Teachers give, give, and give knowledge to their students. Through meditation teachers can give something to themselves so they can release stress and have energy for their work and their lives. Studies repeatedly show that meditation helps teachers remain balanced and effective.
When researchers and school administrators studied whether meditation could have a positive effect on teacher stress, anxiety, and burnout, they found that it could. After just five weeks of meditation practice, teachers started feeling less emotionally exhausted and worn out. After nine weeks of meditation teachers reported that they were able to respond to their students more personally.
A study published in Stress and Health confirmed that meditation could reduce teachers’ stress levels. The study found that teachers who attended four 45-minute meditation training sessions were less stressed emotionally, behaviorally, and gastronomically than teachers who did not attend the training sessions. In other studies educators with ongoing meditation practices reported that meditation helped them feel calmer and more centered in and out of the classroom
Meditation helps teachers resist stress and respond effectively to classroom and administrator stressors. In general, teachers who less stressed and less anxious create a better learning environment and are better able to adapt to the various demands of their jobs.
Benefits of Meditation in the Classroom : –
Greater relaxation, better focus, and more self-awareness are among the most often cited benefits of meditation in the classroom.Teachers with a meditation practice who introduced meditation to their students found the students looked forward to the meditation, which made their classes calmer and more relaxed.Research in high schools found that transcendental meditation decreased misbehavior, suspensions, and class absence and even lowered students’ blood pressure.Researchers found that second and third graders with low self-regulation skills showed increased self-regulation after eight weeks of mindfulness meditation for 30 minutes twice a week.
Meditation in Schools : –
Schools play an important role in nurturing children to grow up into responsible adults and good human beings. The teacher has a great responsibility towards the development of students.Meditation can help teachers to be calm and confident in dealing with the students. Meditation is also good for children to get over their stress and enhance their learning experience.
Meditation is helpful for teachers : –
The teachers need to know that the task they have is appropriate for them, and that they will handle it in the best manner they can. Just before lunch, they can sit and calm themselves, and have a deep trust that everything is being taken care of, or will be taken care of.It would be good to sit and relax and just be with nature for a short time every day. They should start meditating regularlyto increase energy. A few deep breaths here and there will also help.
Student stress : –
For school going kids, nowadays it is a stressful experience with worries about peer pressure, studies, future decisions, and competition. Regular practice of meditation is the need of the hour – to reverse these negative experiences and prepare for a bright future.Meditation can make children calmer, more peaceful, happier and relaxed – every time they practice it. This increases their attention in the classroom and of course the retention of the knowledge they gain.
10 benefits of meditation for students : –
With regular practice (at least once or twice a day), students will see improvements ranging from health and well-being to academic performance.
Here are ten reasons to back up this enthusiasm, based on recent research published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
- Rise in IQ levels
Deep inside, everyone is an Einstein: students practicing meditation benefit from increases in brain function across the board. Most dramatic increases occur in creative thinking, practical intelligence, and IQ (as measured by the ability to reason in novel situations, called “fluid intelligence”).
- Academic stress goes down
Not only do their grades improve, but students who practice meditation report lower levels of stress. They also have better concentration, more alertness, and greater resistance to the physical effects of stress during exams.
- Improved academic achievement
Meditating students show considerably improved academic performance — in one study, 41% of students allocated to the meditation group benefitted from improvement in both Math and English scores.
- Better focus
Students doing meditation report 50% reductions in stress, anxiety, and ADHD (attention deficient hyperactivity disorder) symptoms.
This in turn triggers a positive chain reaction where an improved ability to focus better on tasks at hand results in increased brain processing and improved language-based skills.
- Brain integrity & efficiency
Not only does meditating make the brain sharper, it also helps to make it a more harmonious unit: university students who took up meditation were found to have changes in the fibers in the brain area related to regulating emotions and behavior.
Among other benefits, these changes again lead to better cognitive and intellectual performance. Read more
- Reduction in depression and anxiety
Doing meditation leads to significant reductions in depressive symptoms (an average of 48% lower than the non-meditating control group).
And that’s apparently true for everyone, including even those who have indications of clinically significant depression.
- Reduction in destructive addiction (drugs, alcohol)
There’s no harm in enjoying life. However, reigning in potentially addictive behaviour is a major key to success. Studies looking at both students and adults find that daily Transcendental Meditation practice greatly reduces both substance abuse problems and antisocial behavior. In many cases, TM has been shown to be two or three times more effective than traditional drug prevention and education programs.
These results hold for all kinds of addictive substances — drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, prescription medications, and even food (which, by the way, can be as addictive as cocaine). Read more
- Lower absenteeism, better behaviour
First step to academic glory: don’t miss a class!
Students who do meditation benefit from lower levels of absenteeism, lower levels of behavior incidents at school, and lower levels of suspension. Read more
- Lower risk of cardiovascular diseases
Stay healthy! Regular meditation practice helps students to reduce blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. It will all pay back in years to come.
As one study showed, students formerly at-risk of hypertension witnessed a major change in blood pressure already after a few months of meditating. These changes were associated with a 52% lower risk of developing hypertension later in their life. Read more
- Happier, more confident students
Last but definitely not least — research finds that students who meditate daily get higher scores on affectivity, self-esteem, and emotional competence. Here’s your formula for happiness!
By:-Dr. Sharat Sharma
Principal, B.Ed Department
Uttaranchal College of Education (UCE)